After a three-and-one-half-hour surgery to rebuild an Anaheim Police Department German shepherd K-9 officer's lower jaw and remove part of his lung when he was shot during a search for three suspects, Bruno is expected to survive reported Saturday's knbc-tv.
According to Anaheim Police Lieutenant Tim Schmidt, Bruno, the seven-year-old K9 officer and friend, "probably saved three officers' lives."
On Thursday, probation officers were searching a building on the 1120 block of Mayfair Ave. when three suspects ran into an alley; one suspect fired gunshots at the officers.
The SWAT team was called and when Bruno, a K-9 officer sniffed the suspects out, one of the suspects fired at the dog hitting Bruno in the face with the bullet traveling into his chest. The shooter Robert Moreno, Jr., 21, also aimed his gunfire in the direction of the officers when he was shot and killed.
One other suspect has been arrested. As of Friday, one suspect is still on the loose.
On Saturday evening, an update on the Facebook page of
Friends of the Anaheim K9 Association posted the following about Bruno:
"Bruno is doing well today! He was able to take a few steps. Doctors are going to give him some more blood to boost his cell counts and protein levels. They are also going to try feeding him with a syringe. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers! Big thanks to the dogs donating blood!"
For clarification, the City of Anaheim does cover all of the medical expenses for their K-9 officers, however once retired, it is expected Bruno will need special care because of his injuries. According to the Friends of the Anaheim K9 Association:
"The City of Anaheim is very supportive of its canine program and is paying for the medical costs related to Bruno's tragic injury yesterday. Once Bruno is retired, the responsibility for his care will shift to his handler. Bruno will most likely need more care than the average retired police canine. Our goal is to make certain money is not part of the decision making process when it comes to his medical treatment in retirement. We are a non-profit - all volunteer - organization and have been raising money for Anaheim's retired police canines for over a decade. Money donated specifically to Bruno will be set aside for him, so he can hopefully enjoy many, many years of retirement with his family!"
Get well soon Bruno. Thank you for helping to save the lives of your human partners.
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